Amazing Yoga Facts
Yoga is not just another fad exercise. It has been around for centuries, and is one of the basic tenants of Hindu philosophy. It disciplines the mind and the body through exercise and meditation. Yoga embraces a life of peace and health. More and more people are drawn this ancient discipline when they become aware of its many benefits. Want to know how amazing yoga is? Read on!
Amazing Yoga Fact #1: Yoga is for Everyone
Anyone can practice yoga. It is not for just the young, thin, and flexible. Anyone from any walk of life can benefit from the practice of yoga. A beginning yoga practitioner will eventually gain flexibility and strength, but it is not an initial requirement.
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Yoga increases flexibility and reduces stress, but the practice can do more than help you twist your body into pretzel shapes and find inner peace. These hidden benefits will help you in the kitchen, office and bedroom — and will give you five new reasons to show off your yoga skills (plus recommended poses for each one!).
1. Boost Immunity
A recent Norwegian study found that yoga practice results in changes in gene expression that boost immunity at a cellular level. And it doesn’t take long: The researchers believe the changes occurred while participants were still on the mat, and they were significantly greater than a control group who went on a nature hike while listening to soothing music. Yoga also helps to boost immunity by simply increasing overall health, says Mitchel Bleier, a yoga teacher of 18 years and owner of Yogapata in Connecticut. “As you breathe better, move better and circulate better, all the other organs function better.”
Strike A Pose: Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar)
This sequence of eight poses performed in a row can be found in almost any yoga class. It creates great circulation and tone, plus sweat, says Bleier.
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